June 01, 2009 | Field Reports >
Port Moody, Hiking
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I hiked the permetre of this lake on the Buntzen Lake trail and loved every minute!
Although this lake is man-made and maintained by BC Hydro, I couldn't tell for a second this beautiful site was crafted by anyone other than Mother Nature, herself.
The four-hour hike starts near South Beach where you're welcomed by a large parking lot and clean bathrooms. Going counter-clockwise around the lake, you travel along a very wide, easy well-beaten path. There are many opportunities to pop off the trail onto a dock you can enjoy all to yourself. In other places, you can right up to the water and even take a dip. The lake is certainly warm enough for it in the summer but keep your eyes open for the signs. BCHydro has signs indicating where it is unsafe to swim and warnings where there is a strong undercurrent.
Part of the hike goes out of the forest and onto a trail for about 10 minutes. Though you're more exposed to the hot sun here, it's also an opportunity to see the vegetation along the side of the mountain.
But before long, you've reached North Beach where there are more washrooms, picnic tables and benches. This was a great picnic spot before heading along the suspension brige and back to South Beach.
The last half of the hike has more up and down and is slightly more demanding. The paths are still very hiker friendly and well taken care of. The private nooks to take a dip are still ample along this side.
Finally, the trail takes you across a floating bridge and back to where you started. Each stage of this hike offers a slightly different terrain - from rainforest to rock face to bog.
It was a great four-hours spent on a beautiful day!